Oh what fun it is to make my Hubby’s Valentine card this year! It is a work in progress. On canvas, the sides and back will be painted lipstick red and there will be a love message on the back. As I tell my couples, the romance must continue for the rest of your lives. Court your spouse! We will be married 32 wonderful years this year…
I love love love the Persian Sofreh and Persian wedding ceremonies! Sofreh literally means “marriage spread”. This ancient tradition dates back thousands of years. It is sumptuous to behold and filled with meaning — which I explain in detail at the ceremony. (That’s me in the mirror taking the photo — in case you were wondering.)
Check out below Liz and Dustin’s beautiful wedding as featured in Contemporary Weddings Magazine! D’Luxe Events was the event designer. As you will see, it was magical. It was my joy and privilege to officiate the ceremony. Thank you Liz and Dustin for the honor of standing by your side. It was pure joy! Thank you Danielle for all you did in helping make this event a dream for our nuptial couple. All those beautiful touches were noticed by this interfaith minister!
If you are in the Baltimore area the weekend of November 10-12, I will be speaking at the 2017 conference for A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy at the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours in Marriotsville, MD. Fifty per cent of the attendees are not clergy, but people from all walks of life seeking to spiritually connect. So join us!
Here is the link and info:
“Discovering the Next Steps in Your Spiritual Life Path” Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb
The Universe calls us to grow and evolve if we listen within to the part of us that is One with the Source of All Being and then act upon it. Discover the next steps in your spiritual life’s path. Bring paper, crayons and pens or pencils.
This is a process that has guided, informed, healed and transformed my life for over 30 years— and one that I have taught to others. I attended and spoke at the conference in 2014, so I can personally attest that the retreat venue is beautiful and the people who attend are wonderful!
Here is Kelly and Christine who married at Winvian Farm, a bucolic farm resort in CT, in front of fruit laded apple trees. When they first came to me, I could not but help notice how their hands were always tenderly holding, touching, caressing. Not surprisingly, they chose the anointing and blessing of the hands as a focal point for their ceremony. I got to know them. The ceremony was personal and completely reflective of who they are, how they feel. I laced their words throughout the ceremony. The light of their love was felt by all! It was an honor to stand by their sides. Afterwards, Christine sent me this email which touched my heart.
Thank you so much Rev. Susanna.
You were SO wonderful and we have gotten calls, texts, emails, notes, still coming in about how blown away everyone was with the ceremony (apparently there wasn’t a dry eye in the place!), including my parents and family. They all said they have never experienced anything like it, so special and intimate and engaging. My parents are still talking about it, and everyone is asking about you and how we found you and how we put together such a ceremony.
After a beautiful wedding ceremony interlaced with their personal words about one another, Arton and Nicolette— a Muslim/Catholic couple so very much in love—rejoiced in dancing a traditional Albanian wedding dance. The bride leads holding a handkerchief. The dance begins with just the two of them. Then the immediate family joins in, followed by all their guests. Guests shower them with money. One can’t help but see similarities with traditional Greek wedding dancing. After all, both are from the Balkan peninsula. I see similarities all over the world! The Jewish Horah and the Italian tarantella are two that come to mind. Thank you Arton and Nicolette for giving me the gift of performing your ceremony, thereby witnessing the light of your love. May God bless you with a lifetime of happiness!
Last night I performed a wedding ceremony at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown. There is something so special about that place! It feels like Tuscany in Westchester. A special shout out to Matthew Andersen, the Events Director, who makes everything come together so seamlessly. It was beautiful!
What a wonderful couple! What an amazing wedding at Union Trust in Philadelphia. Congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. William Katrina Weeks! It was an honor and delight to stand by your side as you became husband and wife. I will forever remember your tears, your smiles, your stardust.
I always feel fortunate when I perform a wedding at the River Cafe on the Brooklyn waterfront as I did this past weekend. There are so many lovely elements to this venue. First and foremost, there is the dramatic view of the NYC skyline. Then there is the exceptional food!! I love the lush flora and fauna arrangements which change seasonally. The professional staff beginning with wonderful Luke, Director of Events, make it so easy for everyone. The River Cafe` is NYC gem that has become a legend. It is perfect for intimate weddings.
I thought I would share photos of another aspect of my work, baby blessings. One of the great joys of my life is watching a couple so very much in love join hands and hearts for life in marriage. A wedding is the birthday of a nuclear family! Then the family blossoms and grows, and I have the honor of blessing their children. It is a privilege beyond words.